United Nations Volunteers
The United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV) has been present in Iraq since 2011. Until October 2016, UN Volunteers mobilized 81 volunteers, 37 of whom are international volunteers from 32 different nationalities and 44 national volunteers. UNV currently has 37 volunteers acros Iraq, including Baghdad, Erbil, Duhok, Sulaimaniyah, Najaf, Karbala, and Basra.
UN Volunteers are contributing to a wide range of projects including the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) social cohesion projects and developing disaster risk reduction capacities, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR) emergency response to the refugee and IDP crises in northern and central Iraq. Other areas where UN Volunteers are playing an important role include human rights projects, gender, rural women and girls projects, urban planning and water and sanitation. UN Volunteers are hosted by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), in addition to the following agencies: UNDP, UNHCR, UNOCHA, UN Women, UN Habitat, UNFPA and UNICEF. UNV has also partnered with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) on the project “UNV Capacity Development and Support to the KRG through Volunteering.”